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Fox squirrels: The gray squirrel’s colorful cousin

Fox squirrels

Auburn, Alabama — Have you ever wondered what species of squirrel roam around your backyard? The Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) is often found in Canada and the Eastern part of the United States. They are fairly common in Alabama and currently have a status of low conservation concern. This means their population size is doing well and they do ... Read More »

Alabama Treasures: Native Azaleas

native azaleas

AUBURN, Alabama —Native azaleas are a favorite flowering shrub in Alabama. With many colors and their adaptability to a wide range of climates, they are a popular choice. “With colors ranging from yellow to orange and orange-red flowers, native azaleas are among the most beautiful of Alabama’s indigenous flowering shrubs,” said Roosevelt Robinson, a regional Alabama Extension agent. “There are numerous native azalea ... Read More »

Heartworm Disease: A Hidden Killer

AUBURN, Alabama — Many household pets in the United Stated suffer from a serious and potentially fatal disease, especially in the southeast. Heartworm disease affects mainly dogs and cats. Mature heartworms can damage an animal’s heart, lungs and arteries. “Once heartworms get into a dog, cat or ferret, the larvae can mature into adults, which affect the heart, lungs and ... Read More »